COP23 side event: Agriculture Advantage: The case for climate action in agriculture

Venue: German Development Institute (DIE)
Date: Tuesday November 14 2017

Based on previous sessions which articulate the different dimensions of climate actions in agriculture, this event will call on countries, international organizations and businesses to take cognizance of the advantage offered by climate investments in agriculture, and urge stakeholders to come together for the transformation required within the sector.

Due to limited space, this event is by invitation only. You can watch the event via livestreaming.


13:00-13:05 Welcome, event objectives and background Michael Hailu, Director, CTA
13:05-14:00 Opening: Priorities for an action agenda on agriculture Moderator: Michael Hailu, Director, CTA
Transforming our agro-food systems with agricultural research for development Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Commissioner for the special initiative “ONE WORLD – No Hunger“ and Head of Directorate 12 Food, Agriculture, Rural Development, BMZ
Enhancing the competitiveness of the agriculture sector under a low-carbon development pathway HE Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini, Minister of Agriculture, Costa Rica
The farmer-based approach to climate action in agriculture Ishmael Sunga, CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
Partnerships for scaling up climate actions in agriculture Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Planet and Prosperity, DG Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid
Tapping into climate finance for climate action in agriculture  

Margarita Astralaga, Director, Environment and Climate Change Division, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)

South-South cooperation opportunities for scaling up climate actions in agriculture Fekitamoeloa Katoa, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
14:00-14:30 Summary and wrap up from sub-theme events
14:30-15:00 Moderated Q&A with the audience
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:15 Discussion: Transforming Agriculture for the future: Action and way forward

  • Paul Desanker, Manager, Adaptation Programme, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Olga Speckhardt, Head of Global Insurance Solutions, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Jonathan Mockshell, Research Fellow, German Development Institute (DIE)
  • Sophia Huyer, Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Moderator: Tony Simons, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
16:15-16:45 Moderated Q&A with the audience
16:45-16:55 Closing keynote Martin Frick, UNFCCC - tbc
16:55-17:00 Closing remarks Tony Simons,Director General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

This event is part of the Agriculture advantage: the case for climate action in agriculture, an initiative and collaboration effort between different organizations with the mission to transform agricultural development in the face of climate change. Click here to see the series of events at COP23.

View the full list of CCAFS events at COP23 in Bonn.